OBITUARY

Allen Lee Aston

June 18, 1953March 25, 2019
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Allen Lee Aston, of Newburgh, Indiana, formerly of Russellville, Arkansas, born on June 18, 1953 in Covina, California, to the late Ruby Alyene Aston and the late Thurman Lee Aston, passed away at age 65 on March 25, 2019 at Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

Immediately after high school graduation, he enrolled in the Buddy Program and enlisted into the U.S. Navy, serving from 1972-1989, a veteran of the Cold War. Allen attended various military schools, concentrating on operation and maintenance of propulsion machinery, auxiliary equipment, emergency equipment, and personnel management and career counseling. He participated in the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Then, he qualified to attend the Naval Nuclear Power School in Mare Island, California. After successfully completing Nuclear Power School, Allen served on nuclear powered submarines from 1974 to 1986, moving up in rank to become a Chief Petty Officer. Throughout these years in the Navy, Allen qualified on three classes of nuclear powered submarines and as Engine Room Supervisor on three different submarine nuclear plants. This position involved the supervision of three watch-standers in the operation of all non-electrical support and emergency systems for a nuclear reactor, and the maintenance of contaminated and non-contaminated steam and water systems. He coordinated the repair of all non-electrical systems during emergencies. In the AIRCRAFT CARRIER, he qualified as Propulsion Plant Watch Supervisor on board the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70. This position involved the supervision of thirty watch-standers in the operation and maintenance of a 500 MW nuclear reactor and associated propulsion equipment. He coordinated the operation and repair of all reactor and ships systems during emergencies. He concurrently served as the Training Officer for a 115 man division, and as Career Counselor for a 450 man department. He supervised 93 men in the rebuilding of seven berthing spaces, a $250,000, six-week project that was completed before deadline and under budget.

In the MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD, he qualified as Ship Supervisor, Ship Safety Super-intendent, and Shipyard Watch Officer. As Ship Superintendent, he coordinated and supervised the overhaul, maintenance, testing, and certification of all non-nuclear systems and structures on a submarine. As Ship Safety Supervisor, Allen directly approved any operation that could cause flooding of the submarine while in the water or the loss of stability while on blocks out of the water. As a Shipyard Watch Officer, he coordinated all shipyard emergency actions during emergencies, including reactor accidents, until relieved by designated personnel. He was also a writer for the Public Works Department, Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, TX.

Allen was awarded two Letters of Commendation and two Meritorious Unit Commendations for outstanding service in the U.S. Navy.

After retiring from the Navy in 1989, Allen attended Arkansas Tech for a year before enrolling at the University of Fayetteville in Arkansas. During this year at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, he met and married Arcea Zapata de Aston, the “Social Butterfly,” as he was to call her for the next 30 years. After that, he fully embraced academic life at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and all the university had to offer. In December 1992, he received a Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, while also completing 24 hours of Accounting courses and 17 hours of Spanish courses.

Allen began his second career in computers for MCI in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1994, serving for 9 years. While working at MCI, he rose through the ranks until being promoted to a Network Engineer III, becoming one of the most technically proficient members on his team, often being called upon to help out in problematic areas and in the most difficult technical situations. He also single-handedly developed reports and internal programs for all the teams at the company, his methodology setting the standard that was used throughout the company, receiving important awards in his field of expertise.

He left MCI and moved with his family to Evansville, Indiana where he started working for BWXT Technology in Mt. Vernon in 2004. He worked there as an event coordinator scheduler, overseeing the projects of building nuclear powered submarine parts, the very parts used in the subs he was in while in the Navy until 2008, when he retired for medical reasons. Allen’s intellectual curiosity was shown in every aspect of his life. He possessed a prodigious memory for numbers. He always brought a clear and logical mind to any project or work he approached as well as a prodigious energy and abundant knowledge. A computer scholar in his own right, he was always researching and immersed in the world of technology.

He was also a passionate mechanic and Mopar enthusiast, always restoring, repairing, reconstructing, and teaching about cars. He loved taking his boys to car shows. He was a life-long supporter of the arts in many forms. He was also into electronics, an avid reader, science fiction film lover, and a lover of music, especially rock and roll. He was an insatiable traveler, always wanting to learn more about other cultures and its people. But above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, and family man and a loyal friend. He especially loved and cherished spending time with his children, wife, and family members.

He was a seaman at heart, the water became his home away from home when he was a boy, and as his wishes, they will become his final resting place.

Allen was preceded in death by his father, Thurman Lee Aston on January 31, 2019; his mother, Alyene Aston, on June 7, 2012.

Allen was the loving husband of Arcea Zapata de Aston. He is survived by his sons, Alexander Aston Zapata and Andres Aston Zapata; adoptive daughter, Claudia Peña and her daughter, Daniela Benson; brother, Steve Aston and his wife, Aurora Aston of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister, Benita Aston, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nephews and niece, Timothy, Jonathan, and Lindsey Aston; best friend, Melvin Corbin and wife, Sherri, of London, Arkansas; beloved aunt, Modean Bowman and husband, Virgil Bowman of Russellville, Arkansas; and several uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to attend the visitation on Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home-Newburgh Chapel, 5333 Old Indiana 261, Newburgh, Indiana, 47630. A Celebration of Life Service with military honors will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. .

  • FAMILY

  • Arcea Zapata de Aston, Wife
  • Alexander Lee Aston Zapata, Son
  • Andres Mauricio Aston Zapata, Son
  • Claudia Patricia Peña Conrado, Daughter
  • Daniela Benson Peña, Niece
  • Steve Aston (Aurora), Brother
  • Benita Aston, Sister
  • Timothy Aston, Nephew
  • Lindsey Aston, Niece
  • Jonathan Aston, Nephew
  • Melvin Corbin (Sherri), Best Friend
  • Modean Bowman (Virgil), Aunt
  • Allen is also survived by several uncles and cousins.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, April 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Allen Lee Aston

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Karuna Pandit

April 13, 2019

So sorry to hear about this. May God give Arcea and her family strength in this difficult time.

Gloria Gloria

April 12, 2019

So sorry to hear this. May his memory live on for a blessing.

Mary Ann Wilsbacher

April 12, 2019

May God bestow courage and blessings on the family.

Raymond Fritz

April 10, 2019

Dear Arcea and family and friends of Allen L. Aston, MMC(SS),

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans - USSVI, please accept our sincere condolences at Allen’s passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find kindness to warm you, sympathy to comfort you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart.

We are forever grateful for Allen's service to our country in the United States Submarine service. He received two Letters of Commendation and two Meritorious Unit Commendations. Allen was a crewmember on the USS Mariano G Vallejo (SSBN-658) USS Seahorse (SSN-669), USS Cincinnati (SSN-693) and USS Olympia (SSN-717). To our Brother of the Phin we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch.”

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Aston, Allen L., MMC(SS), US Navy, now on Eternal Patrol -- Fair Winds and Following Seas to our departed shipmate. Allen’s record is posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

Rev. Ray Fritz, EM1(SS) - Acting National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI and Assistant Chaplain Carolina Piedmont Base, USSVI (803-619-1121).

Gloria Ospino

April 6, 2019

Life is full of Lessons and this will not be the exemption. Allen Lee, March 25, 2019, I did learn that this is it. Those who did not show you love or called you or pulled your leg or laughed with you or even make an irrelevant phone call, before our last breath is taken away, won’t be able to do it anymore, at least not in this life. I remember you used to make fun of this family because we were always together. You never understood why 10 of us wanted to be in a 5 passengers car, and guess what Allen Lee til the end we were together with you in that tiny, dark, cold ICU room to hold your hand til the end, to explain without words why we are always together regardless of the size of the room. I bet you were happy about it and even worse I’m sure you left this world thinking “how the hell did they do it”. Allen Lee, one day you told me that people should not wait until they were missing a leg to start dancing and I’m glad I came to visit you so many times when you were able to laugh, to be part of my sister’s “one last picture”, to walk, to travel and make fun of this crazy Colombian family who learnt to respect you, to understand you and to love you. Thank you Allen for been part of this noisy, crazy family. Your favorite sister in law.

Steven Aston

April 6, 2019

Allen passing away made me think of the song “Dust in the Wind”
We all are just dust in the wind, we are formed by God from dust
into the person we are, we live, then God returns us to dust.
The time Allen spent on this earth he lived, really live, he saw the
world, he enjoyed his freedom, loved his family, and loved life.
Although he had many health issues and could have felt sorry
for himself he knew life is fleeting and you should fill yourself
with love and happiness before it’s shortly over, that’s exactly
what he did. He lived life the right way. He will be greatly
missed. Rest in peace Big Brother.

Liliana Craig

April 5, 2019

My family and I met Allen back in time when he was single and was in a short visit in Peru. He was a man in love!!!! It is refreshing to read he was a man committed to his family through the years and that he was also loved dearly by them. Our condolences to the family. Great memories will be with you forever.

Melinda (Bowman) Rhynes

April 4, 2019

Remembering Allen - seemed like you were already a grown man before I even barely came along! Most of my childhood memories were “watching” you play pool and lighting fire works for July 4th or being told to stay out of your room! But the main thing I remember is your constant smile and your ever happy attitude. Your face could light up the whole room! May we all try to find something to laugh about like you could! You will be missed. We are praying for all of the family!

Maria Coello Biarnes

April 4, 2019

Our family keeps yours in our hearts at the loss of AllenLee. He was an amazing role model in the way he endured his health battles, in the way he was always present for his family, and in his ability to listen deeply and give good counsel. Although his presence can no longer be physically felt, remember he lives on among and within you all.

Bev Bowman

April 4, 2019

Thurman and Aylene and their family were like an extension of our family.......most of the time it was Benita, Cindy and I trying to convince Allen and Steve to let us play their records or use their Rook cards or play with any number of their toys.....they were never inclined to let us near their stuff, and although Steve might not say much, Allen protested loud enough that Alyene would sometimes have to intervene! 😂Allen and Steve (and Doug Patton, which is another story) are the closest I ever came to having brothers. Lots of memories with the Thurman Aston family. Rest well cousin Allen!

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Biography

Allen Lee Aston, of Newburgh, Indiana, formerly of Russellville, Arkansas, born on June 18, 1953 in Covina, California, to the late Ruby Alyene Aston and the late Thurman Lee Aston, passed away at age 65 on March 25, 2019 at Saint Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

Immediately after high school graduation, he enrolled in the Buddy Program and enlisted into the U.S. Navy, serving from 1972-1989, a veteran of the Cold War. Allen attended various military schools, concentrating on operation and maintenance of propulsion machinery, auxiliary equipment, emergency equipment, and personnel management and career counseling. He participated in the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Then, he qualified to attend the Naval Nuclear Power School in Mare Island, California. After successfully completing Nuclear Power School, Allen served on nuclear powered submarines from 1974 to 1986, moving up in rank to become a Chief Petty Officer. Throughout these years in the Navy, Allen qualified on three classes of nuclear powered submarines and as Engine Room Supervisor on three different submarine nuclear plants. This position involved the supervision of three watch-standers in the operation of all non-electrical support and emergency systems for a nuclear reactor, and the maintenance of contaminated and non-contaminated steam and water systems. He coordinated the repair of all non-electrical systems during emergencies. In the AIRCRAFT CARRIER, he qualified as Propulsion Plant Watch Supervisor on board the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70. This position involved the supervision of thirty watch-standers in the operation and maintenance of a 500 MW nuclear reactor and associated propulsion equipment. He coordinated the operation and repair of all reactor and ships systems during emergencies. He concurrently served as the Training Officer for a 115 man division, and as Career Counselor for a 450 man department. He supervised 93 men in the rebuilding of seven berthing spaces, a $250,000, six-week project that was completed before deadline and under budget.

In the MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD, he qualified as Ship Supervisor, Ship Safety Super-intendent, and Shipyard Watch Officer. As Ship Superintendent, he coordinated and supervised the overhaul, maintenance, testing, and certification of all non-nuclear systems and structures on a submarine. As Ship Safety Supervisor, Allen directly approved any operation that could cause flooding of the submarine while in the water or the loss of stability while on blocks out of the water. As a Shipyard Watch Officer, he coordinated all shipyard emergency actions during emergencies, including reactor accidents, until relieved by designated personnel. He was also a writer for the Public Works Department, Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, TX.

Allen was awarded two Letters of Commendation and two Meritorious Unit Commendations for outstanding service in the U.S. Navy.

After retiring from the Navy in 1989, Allen attended Arkansas Tech for a year before enrolling at the University of Fayetteville in Arkansas. During this year at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, he met and married Arcea Zapata de Aston, the “Social Butterfly,” as he was to call her for the next 30 years. After that, he fully embraced academic life at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and all the university had to offer. In December 1992, he received a Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, while also completing 24 hours of Accounting courses and 17 hours of Spanish courses.

Allen began his second career in computers for MCI in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1994, serving for 9 years. While working at MCI, he rose through the ranks until being promoted to a Network Engineer III, becoming one of the most technically proficient members on his team, often being called upon to help out in problematic areas and in the most difficult technical situations. He also single-handedly developed reports and internal programs for all the teams at the company, his methodology setting the standard that was used throughout the company, receiving important awards in his field of expertise.

He left MCI and moved with his family to Evansville, Indiana where he started working for BWXT Technology in Mt. Vernon in 2004. He worked there as an event coordinator scheduler, overseeing the projects of building nuclear powered submarine parts, the very parts used in the subs he was in while in the Navy until 2008, when he retired for medical reasons.
Allen’s intellectual curiosity was shown in every aspect of his life. He possessed a prodigious memory for numbers. He always brought a clear and logical mind to any project or work he approached as well as a prodigious energy and abundant knowledge. A computer scholar in his own right, he was always researching and immersed in the world of technology.

He was also a passionate mechanic and Mopar enthusiast, always restoring, repairing, reconstructing, and teaching about cars. He loved taking his boys to car shows. He was a life-long supporter of the arts in many forms. He was also into electronics, an avid reader, science fiction film lover, and a lover of music, especially rock and roll. He was an insatiable traveler, always wanting to learn more about other cultures and its people. But above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, and family man and a loyal friend. He especially loved and cherished spending time with his children, wife, and family members.

He was a seaman at heart, the water became his home away from home when he was a boy, and as his wishes, they will become his final resting place.

Allen was preceded in death by his father, Thurman Lee Aston on January 31, 2019; his mother, Alyene Aston, on June 7, 2012.

Allen was the loving husband of Arcea Zapata de Aston. He is survived by his sons, Alexander Aston Zapata and Andres Aston Zapata; adoptive daughter, Claudia Peña and her daughter, Daniela Benson; brother, Steve Aston and his wife, Aurora Aston of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister, Benita Aston, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nephews and niece, Timothy, Jonathan, and Lindsey Aston; best friend, Melvin Corbin and wife, Sherri, of London, Arkansas; beloved aunt, Modean Bowman and husband, Virgil Bowman of Russellville, Arkansas; and several uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to attend the visitation on Thursday, April 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home-Newburgh Chapel, 5333 Old Indiana 261, Newburgh, Indiana, 47630. A Celebration of Life Service with military honors will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.